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Teething Tips From Dental Specialists

Posted 19 hours ago by Drugs.com

Friday, Dec. 9, 2016 – You've fed your baby, changed your baby, but the baby is still cranky. It's possible he or she is uncomfortable because tiny teeth are trying to push through the gums. What can you do to ease the pain? One approach is to offer a plain, solid teething ring, which lets the baby apply pressure to ease the pain. While chilling the teething ring may provide added relief, don't freeze it because the extreme cold can be harmful rather than soothing, dental experts say. "Your child's gums can be sensitive during this time, and your child will know how much pressure they should apply to try and relieve the pain. They're their best teacher and, in this instance, know what they need," said Dr. William Wathen, associate professor at Texas A&M University's College of Dentistry. Massaging a baby's gums with a clean finger or a cooled washcloth is also soothing. If you've ... Read more

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Many Americans Skip the Dentist Due to Cost

Posted 2 days 22 hours ago by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, Dec. 6, 2016 – Americans are more likely to skip needed dental care because of cost than any other type of health care, researchers report. Working-age adults are particularly vulnerable, the study found. Some 13 percent reported forgoing dental care because of cost. That's nearly double the proportion of seniors and triple the percentage of children for whom cost poses a barrier to dental care, the study showed. Cost was the main impediment to dental care even for adults with private insurance. "It seems like medical insurance is doing a better job at protecting consumers from financial hardship than dental insurance," said study author Marko Vujicic. Typically, private dental insurance includes annual maximum benefit limits and significant "coinsurance" – the patient's share of costs on covered services, Vujicic explained. He is chief economist and vice president of the ... Read more

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Health Tip: Stop Grinding Your Teeth

Posted 4 days ago by Drugs.com

-- Tooth grinding can lead to headache, jaw pain and may even crack your teeth. Stress is a common trigger, especially during sleep. If you grind your teeth, the American Dental Association suggests: Wear a custom-made mouth guard while you sleep. Talk to your dentist about the possibility of taking a muscle relaxant at bedtime. Get psychological therapy if your stress or anxiety is serious. Read more

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Mouthguard a Key Defense Against Sports-Related Injuries

Posted 11 days ago by Drugs.com

MONDAY, Nov. 28, 2016 – Safety gear for athletes playing contact sports should include mouthguards, say dental experts at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. Sports-related dental injuries send more than 600,000 people to the emergency room every year, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports. Most of these injuries involve the front teeth, but the tongue and cheeks can also be hurt while playing sports, the UAB team said. The best way to protect the mouth and teeth during sports is to wear a mouthguard, says Dr. Ken Tilashalski, associate dean for academic affairs at the UAB School of Dentistry. Mouthguards have been shown to reduce the risk of sports-related dental injury by 60 times, he said. "Wearing a mouthguard reduces the chances of tooth fractures, tooth dislocations and soft tissue cuts," Tilashalski said in a university news release. "The guards also ... Read more

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Health Tip: Make Brushing Teeth Fun

Posted 16 days ago by Drugs.com

-- Tooth brushing doesn't have to be a boring chore. Turn it into fun time that kids enjoy. The American Dental Association suggests: Skip the timer and turn on your child's favorite two-minute song. Or read a silly story using fun voices to keep the child entertained. Don't let kids skip brushing teeth, no matter what the day has been like. Make it part of the bedtime routine that isn't negotiable. Create a reward chart and offer praise when your child does a good job brushing teeth. Allow the child to choose a reward, such as selecting a bedtime story. Let your child pick out a fun toothbrush. Brush teeth together! Read more

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Health Tip: Avoid Damaging Teeth

Posted 7 Nov 2016 by Drugs.com

-- Brushing and flossing are frequently touted as ways to keep your teeth healthy, but there also are habits that you should avoid to keep your pearly whites in tip-top shape. The American Dental Association recommends: Don't bite nails, which can harm your jaw and chip your teeth. Don't brush your teeth too vigorously, which can damage teeth and gums. Brush gently with a soft-bristled brush. Avoid clenching and grinding your teeth, which can lead to jaw pain and cracks in the teeth. Don't crunch or chew ice, which can break a tooth. Avoid snacking all day, especially on sugary foods. Read more

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Dental Cleanings May Help Keep Lungs Clean, Too

Posted 27 Oct 2016 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, Oct. 27, 2016 – Regular dental checkups not only keep your smile bright, they may also keep your lungs healthy. A new study suggests that regular dental cleanings could lower your risk of pneumonia by reducing levels of bacteria that cause the lung infection. Each year, nearly 1 million Americans develop pneumonia, the researchers said, and 50,000 die from the disease. Anyone can get pneumonia, but it is more common among older people and those with lung disease and conditions such as AIDS. In this study, researchers reviewed the records of more than 26,000 people. The study found that people who never saw a dentist were 86 percent more likely to get bacterial pneumonia compared to people who got dental checkups twice a year. The results were to be presented Thursday at IDWeek. IDWeek is the annual meeting of the Infectious Diseases Society of America, the Society for ... Read more

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More Low-Income Kids Need Dental Sealants: CDC

Posted 19 Oct 2016 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, Oct. 18, 2016 – Treatments that seal a child's back teeth can prevent most cavities, but many kids – particularly those living in poverty – don't get them, U.S. health officials said Tuesday. Dental sealants are liquid plastic coatings painted on chewing surfaces of teeth. When dried, they quickly harden to form a shield on the teeth, which can last for years. Sealants can cut cavities by 80 percent for up to two years, and by 50 percent for up to four years, a new report from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention shows. "Unfortunately, most kids don't have them – 40 percent of kids have dental sealants, but 60 percent don't," CDC Director Dr. Tom Frieden said during a Tuesday media briefing. "Kids without dental sealants have almost three times more cavities that those who do have sealants." Poor children are more than twice as likely as kids in more affluent ... Read more

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Health Tip: Health Tip: Risk Factors for Malnutrition

Posted 17 Oct 2016 by Drugs.com

-- Certain risk factors make you more prone than others to malnutrition, which doesn't necessarily come from lack of food. It's possible to be obese and not get enough nutrients (malnourishment) at the same time, the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics says. According to the academy, here are common risk factors for malnutrition: Hospitalization. Advanced age, particularly if accompanied by dementia. Dental health problems. Loss of appetite. Serious head injury. Eating disorder. Serious infection. Organ failure. Read more

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Countless Opioid Pills Unused by Dental-Surgery Patients

Posted 27 Sep 2016 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, Sept. 27, 2016 – More than half of the narcotic painkillers prescribed after wisdom teeth removal go unused, according to a new study that suggests this could contribute to the U.S. opioid epidemic. "When translated to the broad U.S. population, our findings suggest that more than 100 million opioid pills prescribed to patients following surgical removal of impacted wisdom teeth are not used, leaving the door open for possible abuse or misuse by patients, or their friends or family," said study author Dr. Brandon Maughan. Previous studies have shown that many painkiller abusers take extra pills that were prescribed for friends or relatives, Maughan and his colleagues at the University of Pennsylvania's Perelman School of Medicine and School of Dental Medicine, noted in a school news release. For the study, the researchers examined painkiller use by 79 patients who had their ... Read more

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Health Tip: Preparing for Baby's First Teeth

Posted 15 Sep 2016 by Drugs.com

-- Baby's first teeth signal an exciting time for new parents, but they can be a source of pain and discomfort for your little one. Here are suggestions from the American Academy of Pediatrics: Baby should cut the first teeth between 6 months and 12 months, but this can vary. Make sure your child gets fluoride (usually in tap water) by age 6 months. Soothe sore gums with gentle massage, something cold and soft to chew on or an occasional dose of acetaminophen (Tylenol). Don't use teething tablets, teething gels or teething necklaces. Brush baby's teeth twice daily with a fluoride toothpaste. Talk to your dentist about whether to use a fluoride varnish. Take baby to the dentist when the first tooth emerges. Read more

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Health Tip: Why Floss?

Posted 9 Sep 2016 by Drugs.com

-- If you think you can skip flossing your teeth, think again. It should be an important part of your daily dental health regimen, experts say. The American Dental Association says flossing: Helps remove plaque and tartar. Helps protect against gum disease. Helps prevent cavities. Read more

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Savor Your Coffee -- and a Bright Smile

Posted 9 Sep 2016 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, Sept. 9, 2016 – Coffee may stain your teeth, but its health benefits outweigh that problem, dental experts say. Research suggests that java may help protect the liver; reduce risk of cancer, heart disease and diabetes; boost metabolism; and keep your brain sharp, according to the Academy of General Dentistry. There's also early evidence that coffee may help protect teeth by preventing bone loss in the jaw, noted the academy, which has members in the United States and Canada. "Coffee in moderation has many nutritional benefits," said Nasir Bashirelahi in an academy news release. He's a professor at the University of Maryland School of Dentistry. But if the thought of stained teeth concerns you, there are things you can do to minimize or prevent discoloration, the academy says. For instance, sip through a straw to reduce the amount of coffee that touches your teeth. And rinse ... Read more

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Health Tip: Schedule a Back-to-School Dental Exam

Posted 2 Sep 2016 by Drugs.com

-- A dental cleaning and exam is an important part of the back-to-school preparation that your child shouldn't miss. Here's how to make it great, courtesy of the American Dental Association: Schedule the visit ahead of time, such as before school lets out in the spring, to avoid the late summer rush. Teach kids to brush teeth at least twice per day and floss once, providing age-appropriate guidance and supervision. Make sure you're helping kids age 6 and under. Don't schedule the checkup for a time when your little one is tired and should be napping. For older kids, don't tack it onto the end of a long, exhausting day. If you have more than one child getting a checkup, let your most experienced child go first so the others can watch. Make sure your child has a very light snack (too much can lead to gagging) before the appointment. Remember to brush teeth after eating. Parents, make ... Read more

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Health Tip: Sealing Teeth to Help Prevent Cavities

Posted 17 Aug 2016 by Drugs.com

-- Coating the molars with a special covering can help thwart bacteria and prevent cavities, dental health experts say. The American Dental Association says a dental sealant can: Provide a protective covering for teeth against bacteria that feed on food particles. Prevent bacteria from creating acids that produce holes in the teeth. Supplement regular brushing and flossing, reducing the risk of cavities by about 80 percent. Read more

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